I am super excited to share with you how to make these fun vintage graphic coasters, as well as the graphics I used to make them! I inherited a host of old books from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s with some great images that I have scanned in, cleaned up in Photoshop and will be sharing with you for some time to come. Today’s project uses four of those images and a new image transfer medium to create this set from dollar store coasters. Free graphics, a Dollar Store Craft, Chalky Finish paint and a fun image transfer = a project you are going to love!
Old set of thrifted coasters or Dollar Tree coasters like I used
[amazon_link id=”B00HO03B78″ target=”_blank” ]Chalky Finish[/amazon_link] in your color choice (I used Timeless)
[amazon_link id=”B00HQNG6YS” target=”_blank” ]DecoArt Americana Image Transfer Medium[/amazon_link]
Spray bottle or cup of water
Laserjet or copies of reversed images:
To print all images on the same page, right click the thumbnail above and print the full resolution version that pops up. This is sized for 9cm square coasters and the images are reversed already, so you can just print as is.
To print or save the high res version of each image, click it’s thumbnail below for the source page of each of the 4 images. Use them to make coasters or in other projects.
Paint the coasters with Chalky Finish Paint and let dry overnight.
Apply a layer of medium to the image and to the painted coaster surface.
Place image on surface, ink side down and smooth out bubble and wrinkles with your fingers. Let dry for 1 hour, then spray or drip water onto paper backing, making sure to wet the surface completely.
Let water sit for 3-5 minutes, then rub away paper backing with finger, leaving behind just the ink! You may need to re-wet as you go. Be careful not to press to hard when your rub, so as not to remove the image.
Seal with layer of the image transfer medium, or DecoArt’s Clear Wax in the Chalky Finish Line.